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Natural Disasters

Vperspective | January 4, 2018 >>

Operation Agua is committed to delivering 100,000 water purifiers to Puerto Rican residents and businesses.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

The hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean in August inspired 53 schools in the Bronx, including PS 153 in Co-op City, to help out this fall through fundraisers involving students and the community.

News briefs | November 2, 2017 >>

Public schools in Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York are preparing to take in thousands of students fleeing Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Labor spotlight | November 2, 2017 >>

At least 3 million people are still without electricity, at least a million are still without drinking water and at least 49 are dead.

Union resolutions | October 18, 2017 >>

The UFT will work with the AFT and NYSUT to continue to raise funds for the communities affected by the hurricanes and the fires.

Info you should know | October 5, 2017 >>

AFT members and public schools affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico need your help.

News | September 25, 2017 >>

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have established locations to drop off emergency supplies to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Info you should know | May 15, 2014 >>

UFT members who volunteered in shelters during Hurricane Sandy and were not paid for all hours worked have won their right to be paid, thanks to a union-initiated grievance.

Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>
The proposed contract reflects the importance of having a negotiating partner in City Hall who understands and respects the work that UFT members do, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a striking difference from the modus operandi of the previous administration.
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

Kerri Walsh had always loved living near the water. Her house in Breezy Point had once been her grandparents’ summer vacation cottage, and Walsh, the literacy coach at Channel View School for Research in Rockaway Park, had lived on the same block for nearly 20 years.So when Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Rockaways, Walsh was devastated.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

Imagine returning to the house you’ve lived in for 15 years and finding it utterly destroyed. What would you do? If you were Fiorella Raimondi, a 2nd-grade teacher and the chapter leader at PS 20 on Staten Island, you’d dig in, rebuild and start over. And you’d do it with an amazing sense of gratitude toward your colleagues and neighbors.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

Walk through the hallways at PS/MS 105 in Far Rockaway and you would never suspect that anything terrible had happened here. Yet just one year ago, this large K-8 school was among the hardest-hit by Hurricane Sandy and is still, in fact, in the process of rebuilding from the storm.

New teacher profiles | November 14, 2013 >>

Michael Cestaro's advocacy as a chapter leader at Rockway Park HS for Environmental Sustainability took on greater meaning after Hurricane Sandy devastated his school building and the homes of his students and colleagues.

Around the UFT | November 14, 2013 >>

Flowers bloomed and spirits brightened on Oct. 26 at PS 197 in Far Rockaway, where students, families and staff teamed up with Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Foundation to breathe much-needed life back into the school grounds after Hurricane Sandy tore through the neighborhood last year.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

More than 600 students, parents, teachers, elected officials and community members from a Staten Island shore neighborhood still recovering from Hurricane Sandy packed a Community Education Council meeting at IS 2 on Sept. 16 to slam plans to have a new district middle school share the school’s building starting next fall.

Around the UFT | June 13, 2013 >>

District 21 dedicated its 30th annual UFT Scholarship Dinner Dance on May 21 to those in the community who helped one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Feature stories | May 30, 2013 >>

PS 188, one of the UFT’s six community learning schools, buzzes with projects and services, a source of life and recovery for Coney Island.

News stories | March 21, 2013 >>

In testimony at a Feb. 26 City Council hearing, DOE officials indicated that getting reimbursement for the $175 million already spent to get schools up and running after Hurricane Sandy has been slow. So far FEMA has visited only eight of the 50 severely damaged schools, the initial step in the reimbursement process.

News stories | March 21, 2013 >>

Department of Education employees who worked in evacuation shelters during Hurricane Sandy have been waiting months for payment for the hours that they worked.

Around the UFT | March 21, 2013 >>

At PS 299 in Bushwick, the 3rd-graders raised money to help families made homeless by Hurricane Sandy, while a 4th-grade class organized a can drive for Sandy victims.

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